Most Anticipated Strategy Games of 2018

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Jan 1, 2018 6:30 PM
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We've already revealed our most anticipated PC exclusives of 2018, but PC also has an added bonus in that it's pretty much the only place where you can play a proper strategy game. 2018 is absolutely loaded with them as well, whether you're a fan of dino management, all-out warfare, or painstakingly planning your train track routes.

Age of Empires IV

I mean, what more really needs to be said about Age of Empires. The quintessential PC game, the series has been sorely missed for the past decade. At long last Microsoft has caved into our demands and promised us Age of Empires IV. It’s in the (usually) capable hands of Relic who, barring that unfortunate Dawn of War 3 slip-up, have delivered some strategy greats. Details of AoE4 are few and far between, but truth be told we’d be happy with same history-spanning gameplay with all the 2018 graphical bells and whistles.

Anno 1800

Blue Byte’s fast running out of years for its Anno series, this time stepping in history for the first time in a while with Anno 1800. This time around it’s set in the Victorian era, during the time of the Industrial Revolution. It’s a period of rapid change that lends itself well to Anno 1800, forcing players to adapt alongside a rapidly evolving technological and political landscape.

Jurassic World Evolution

I said a year ago that my dream game would be a Jurassic Park management sim by the devs behind Planet Coaster. Somewhere out there, there is a reptilian god with tiny arms looking over me. Frontier has proved itself a dab hand at theme parks already, and layering on dinosaur theme parks to the formula for Jurassic World Evolution just sounds like a DNA helix made in heaven.

Iron Harvest

Iron  Harvest first came to our attention purely because of that gobsmacking concept art pumped out by Polish wizard Jakub Rozalski. Just Google his name to see exactly what I mean, it’s just something else. Iron Harvest is set in alternate history dieselpunk Poland during the 1920s. Mankind has been busy creating ever more powerful diesel driven machines, including giant walking mechs, with three warring factions competition for power in Eastern Europe.

Railway Empire

Back in the day, Railroad Tycoon was where you ended up after you’d graduated from Theme Park and Theme Hospital. Altogether more complex, and yet supremely relaxing, there’s a certain satisfaction to connecting the cogs of a railway line and watching it run like clockwork. I’m pretty sure that’s not how First Great Western feels on a typical Friday morning though. Anyway, before I digress too far, Railway Empire is as near-as-dammit to a spiritual successor. It features more than 100 years of locomotive history, 40 different trains and 300 different technologies to unlock as players ensure their sweeping rail network can service the country with ease.

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00:39 Jan-02-2018

Jurassic World Evolution mostly and a little bit of AoE 4

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15:16 Jan-02-2018

Same!

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21:43 Jan-01-2018

Aint Iron Harvest looks like commandos games?

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20:56 Jan-01-2018

Jurassic World and the new Anno 1800 is going to be a tough choice - although Jurassic will be the most reminisicent to my childhood, playing together with my sister at the pc with JW Genesis.


Both looking forward to this one, but I doubt I'll be able to let Anno 1800 slip through unnoticed :)

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19:42 Jan-01-2018

Jurassic World Evolution is the one I'm most excited about.

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00:52 Jan-02-2018

Same here :D

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18:36 Jan-01-2018

Age of Empires IV duh.
It is even a question?

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18:48 Jan-01-2018

You wish it wasn't but it's Windows 10 only so scratch until I put together a new build, years from now. I sincerely hope it delivers though

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05:05 Jan-02-2018

I totally forgot about that. Microsoft is truly evil. I hope they don't ruin peoples childhood.

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